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  1. Brake lights not working with headlights on?

    B5 Garage
    Recently picked up a new to me 2000 Passat for a project. Everything has been going great as far as getting it road worthy, however today I noticed a sort of “interesting” snag. Upon checking all the lights, we noticed that the brake lights work fine with the headlights off, however when you...
  2. DIY: B5.5 parking brake cable replacement and adjustment

    B5 Information-Base
    This is a DIY for replacing the parking brake cables for :b55: Passat front wheel drive. If you have to replace one you might as well replace the other. I'm writing this because I have 3 manuals and none of them had all the right directions for doing it (Haynes, Audi A4/B5 Brake Repair and an...
  3. 2002 4 motion brake booster vacuum pump not working

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I checked the pump unplugged with 12 v and it runs fine. Relay 373 in the 13 relay box and its' fuse are fine. Is there a module for the pump somewhere that could be bad? if anyone out there could send me a wiring diagram of the pump and its control would be great.
  4. Rear parking brake cable replacement, what parts besides the cables?

    B5 Garage
    I have a front wheel drive 1.8T and I just finished replacing the rear calipers. Unfortunately the brake cable on the right does not always retract. The cable has no plastic coating (unlike the left where it's in the process of crumbling off). I pulled the boot and some strands are rusted away...
  5. Rear brake caliper banjo bolt, ribbed bolt, socket bolt questions

    B5 Garage
    I will be replacing my rear brake calipers this weekend. My replacements came with mounting brackets. I have been working from an Audi B5 manual I found online because I do not have the Bentley. Also I found this neat DIY: Rear brake job, caliper removal, rotor replacement, and rear wheel...
  6. Sticking Rear Brake

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hey all. So my back left brake is sticking, brake dust galore. But, this is the only caliper that's doing it, does that mean that the caliper is faulty, or could it be something else? Thanks!
  7. Kahtec 3rd Brake Light Blinking Smart Flashing lights

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Has anybody put these on their B7 Passat? Kahtec Technologies International ? Home Of The Flashing Brake Light ? Blinking Tail Lights to Improve Vehicle Safety Or can you program the car to do it.
  8. 2012 passat the brake problem

    New Member Introductions
    Some people know how to improve the brake sensitivity of the 2012 passat, the brake pedal is very loose
  9. hole in brake master cylinder reservior

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I posted about this in the 'what did you do to your B5 today' thread but I wanted to post up pictures also. Back in 2013 when I swapped in a replacement engine, I changed out many old and worn out parts, the master cylinder reservoir was one of them. About a month ago I noticed a hairline crack...
  10. Brake reservoir leaking?

    B5 Garage
    While doing some maintenance I notice the brake reservoir seems to be seeping out of this scrunched/nipple/connection. There is a bit of fluid underneath this, and when I place my finger on the side/opening, a bit comes off/out. Pictures attached. Is this normal design? (having the connection...
  11. The Never-Ending Brake Job

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Brake Pedal won't Decompress I've got a 2003 v6. Manual transmission. 140,000 miles. The rear left caliper was bad and I replaced it (along with pads and rotors). There was a leak. I determined it was the crush washers on the banjo bolt. So, I ordered a new brake line. It just came in today...
  12. Parking brake adjustment

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Posted this on the VW Vortex forum as well, and hoping someone here might see this and be able to help out in case you don't frequent the Vortex forum. The parking brake on my 2012 SE has very little resistance when I pull up on it. It does engage, but only once the handle is pulled to nearly...
  13. Wiring schematic for Parking brake switch

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi guys, Sorry to post this and I have done searches on here, Google etc. Please can anyone point me in the direction on the parking brake switch wiring schematic. Many thanks, Kris
  14. Brake Scraping Noise After Brake Fluid Flush

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2003 1.8T 139K miles. I flushed the brakes last week as I'm pretty sure it's never been done before. Now I hear a scraping noise after braking (on both fronts). The noise goes away above 20 MPH. I figured the new fluid didn't allow the calipers/pads to fully retract. I decided to replace...
  15. Brake Fluid - Dot4 or Dot5

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello guys , I own a 2002 1.8T VW passat . I change my brake fluid at least once in 2 years. My mechanic suggested me to use Dot5 brake fluid(FTE). Specification codes do match the vehicle , but I would like to ask you all , if there is a problem using Dot5 instead of Dot4 ? Thank you
  16. How do you drain the brake fluid reservoir on a 2002 GLS 2.8

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I want to drain the brake fluid reservoir and fill it with fresh fluid but the screen does not seem to come out and a small vent across from the cap seems to be where fluid should be added but not removed. Is there a trick to removing the screen under the cap without destroying the screen? If...
  17. 2002 Passat V6 2.8L 4Motion Brake Fluid

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just wanted to know what Brake fluid I should use, I know it's Dot 4, but is there a preference in Brand?
  18. Rigth Front Brake Pulsating after the (failed) Alignment by the VW Dealer.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Front Right Brake Pulsating after the (failed) Alignment by the VW Dealer. So, I took my car to a VW dealer in South Georgia for alignment after I replaced the control arms. I pulled out of the dealership and noticed a sound reminiscent of a bad strut coming from the front right. I also noticed...
  19. "STOP Brake Fault Service Manual" and Red Brake Light still flashing

    B5 Garage
    Car: United States 2002 VW Passat 1.8L Turbo FWD Issue: Info center will only display "STOP, Brake Fault, Service Manual", red Brake Light constantly flashing, and the dreaded 3 Beeps when starting vehicle. SEL also on, but related to an issue with the CAT. Ultimate Question: how do I get the...
  20. Passat 2003 - Brake Light beeps 3x & flashes

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi All: The brake light on my dash beeped 3x & continued flashing. So, I had my brakes checked and they are at 80%. Took my car to my VW mechanic and the scan result showed implausible speed sensors in front and one in rare. I forgot to ask him about the code, but will find out & post here...